Home Office | Co-working with a Kindergartener | Working From Home

I would often joke (key word: joke) with my daughter, Scarlett, that when she started school I would go with her every day because I would miss her so much. Well, here I am, starting week 3...all day. every day!

Our office has become a co-working space with a very needy Kindergartner, who has a pretty demanding schedule, but is more interested in playing with her little sister and dog.

Now that we are a few weeks into virtual learning and we are adapting to how the school days flow, I have a better idea on how to organize Scarlett's school supplies so she can find them on her own. The answer for us: storage cubes! She has a cube for each subject so she can easily find the items that she needs for that class and everything for that subject stays together. Then, when that lesson is finished, it can be tucked away until next time.

Here is a quick list things that we incorporated into our space that we have found helpful so far (reference pics below):

- Dressers to organize all the school/craft supplies

- Cube storage bins for additional storage and organization: Target

- Picture frame ledges to display books: Ikea

- Lightweight tables and chairs so we can move them around easily as necessary: Amazon

- Small couch to make a little reading corner: Wayfair

- Board to display their artwork: Homegoods

This certainly wasn’t how we imagined the start of Kindergarten being but we're figuring it out as we go along. Kudos to all of the families who are not just rearranging their homes to accommodate homeschooling, but their entire lives to make this work.

I suppose one day when I have my office back to myself and I'm editing in peace, I'll miss the chaos that took over my work space.

Here are articles with some good tips for setting up a remote learning space. I think now is a great time to tweak your space since you have a better idea on how the day flows and what changes you can make to help your child (and yourself) stay organized.

1. https://www.techlicious.com/guide/essential-home-office-accessories/

2. https://www.nytimes.com/wirecutter/blog/remote-learning-space-set-up/

3. https://www.powerhomeschool.org/articles/create-learning-environment-home/

4. https://www.familyeducation.com/school-learning/how-to-create-a-learning-space-for-your-child

5. https://indywithkids.com/creating-student-workspace-classroom-home/

6. https://www.wbay.com/2020/08/14/back-2-school-tips-for-setting-up-an-efficient-virtual-learning-space/

Sincerely, Jenn

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